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Quigg Island Preserve

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Town: Liberty

Miles of Trail: 1​

Acres: 40

Trail Features:

The Quigg Island Community Forest Preserve is a 40-acre parcel on the northern section of an idyllic island hideaway on Stevens Pond. The Robbins brothers thoughtfully managed this forest for the last 50 years for a healthy stand of white pine and hemlock. Its forest is carpeted with mosses, ferns, and mushrooms. Shallow waters and wetlands surround the island, including a growing bog island with an active beaver lodge. The beavers’ neighbors include herons, egrets, bald eagles, and loons.

 

Access to GRLT's parcel of Quigg Island is available only by boat. Boaters can use the public boat launch on Route 173 to put in. An easy paddle, the landing on Quigg Island is directly across, on the west side of the northern tip of the island. Look for a dock with Georges River Land Trust signage. A 1-mile trail leads to spectacular lookouts with views across Stevens Pond. 

 

The Stevens Pond public boat launch is on Route 173 (Woodmans Mill Road/Stevens Pond Road) in Liberty. From the center of Searsmont (Fraternity Village Store), head west on Route 173. Travel 9 miles to the boat launch parking lot on the left (see map). Access requires a boat during the summer and unloading at our dock. The trail is generally level with one very steep section due to local topography. There are few tripping hazards but the ground can be soft in areas. 

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